About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Animals can be tough on trees. Both young newly planted trees and mature old trees can fall prey to an animal. The trick to keeping your landscape trees safe from this type of damage is to know the common causes so that you can work to prevent it from happening. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Mulch Mindfully
Mulch around the base of a tree helps prevent weed growth, protect roots, and conserve moisture. It can also provide winter bedding or cover to a plethora of different types of rodents. These animals then feast on the bark of the tree. Stripping the bark is stressful enough, but if they manage to chew all the way around the tree, they can girdle it. This means the tree may not be able to transport necessary nutrients from root to crown, which causes it to die. To prevent this, always pull the mulch back from the base of the tree and leave a few inches around the trunk clear.
Tip #2: Wrap Promptly
Beyond gnawing rodents, other small animals – including neighborhood cats – can also cause major bark damage by scratching or chewing on bark. Hardware cloth is the solution to this problem. This cloth isn't a cloth at all, but instead a metal mesh. Wrap a strip of this mesh around the trunk. You may only need it over the bottom few inches if rodents and rabbit are your main concern, or you may need to apply it to several feet of the ground if the claws of bigger mammals are a concern. The only rule is you will need to loosen the hardware cloth each year as the trunk grows, otherwise the trunk will become constricted inside the metal cylinder.
Tip #3: Fence Appropriately
A strip of metal mesh isn't enough if deer are the problem. They can cause major damage, especially to young trees, by using the trunk to scrape the velvet from their antlers. They will also feed on bark in the winter. To prevent this, install three stakes around the trunk of young trees. Wrap burlap or hardware cloth around these stakes to fence in the trunk. Mature trees aren't at as much risk, so you may not need to fence these in unless you actually notice deer damage on the trees.
Contact a local tree service if you aren't sure what animal damage you should guard against in your area. They can help you determine likely culprits and viable prevention strategies. For more information, visit http://www.schulhofftlc.com or a similar website.Share
11 March 2016